The powerful Merlot is evident in this blend which opens with aromas of ripe
blueberries with floral undertones and sweet baking spices. The Cabernet
Sauvignon and Petit Verdot create a frame of structure while the Malbec add
suppleness, weight and length. This rich, full bodied wine is full of intriguing
complexity built around sleek tannins that lead into a long, lingering finish.
The fruit for this wine is grown at our acclaimed Estate vineyards in the Horse
Heaven Hills. The Cabernet is sourced from our Cavalie Vineyard, the Merlot and
Malbec from Spice Cabinet Vineyard, and the Petit Verdot from Milt's Vineyard.
The fruit was machine harvested with our ‘Selective Harvest’ attachment allowing
the fruit to be sorted in the vineyard. The fruit was not crushed in order to
preserve as much whole-berry as possible. At the winery, individual lots were
fermented in combination of French Oak fermenters and stainless steel tanks.
After draining the wine and pressing, the wine was racked to a blend of new and
neutral French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine lots were aged
for 20 months until blended together.
Food Pairing Notes
beef, lamb, pasta, BBQ, pork, chocolate, cheese
50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot